View Full Version : TheBioGuy and his Girl (My Engagement Thread)

2011-03-16, 03:35 AM
THIS IS IT. Many of you have seen, either through SMBG or the You! thread, that I have been planning to propose to my girlfriend very soon. That time is this Friday.

First, some background. My girlfriend and I have been dating for a year and a half now. I am a future drama teacher (as well as biology, hence my name, but drama is the important thing here), and part of my drama experience here at my university is that I am a leader in my university's improv troupe, the IMPROVables, and my girlfriend is a member. We hold shows twice a semester, and our first of this semester is set to be performed this friday.

Typically there are two actual shows each show night, each led by a portion of the panel of leaders, and I arranged for my girlfriend to be in the show that I am leading.

In many shows, we play a game that those familiar with improv comedy might recognize by the name of catchphrase. In this game, two actors create a scene based on an audience gimme, but during the course of that scene they must pull prewritten phrases from the audience out of their pockets and say them, no matter what they say. The goal is for the phrases to fit into the scene, that is, for the scene to be guided by the content of the phrases.

Wow, rambling.:smallsigh: As you may have guessed if you stuck with me through this whole post, my plan is to, during the last game of our show (a game of catchphrase played between my girlfriend and I) at the end of the scene pull out a planted catchphrase that I will give myself that says "[Girlfriend] will you marry me?" and proceed to present her with the ring.

The reason that I am posting this now was that I just this night called her father to ask for her hand, and got his full blessing.

The ring was purchased with certain conditions attached, and one was that I can not show it to anyone who she will take great pleasure in showing it off to later. Since my dear girlfriend is not a member of the playground (though she is starting to read OotS, and as such this might be a risk, oh well) I am permitted to show you folks. So here it is.

It's white gold with two small square diamonds framing a large also square diamond. The way they're set forms two interlocking semicircles underneath them, if you can't tell from the admittedly low-quality photo.

Pictures of the event after it happens!

2011-03-16, 03:37 AM
Good luck, it sounds like an absolutely grand plan. :smallbiggrin:

2011-03-16, 04:44 AM
Fabulous, go for it dude!

2011-03-16, 07:42 AM
yay another happy couple in the playground
this is great!

2011-03-16, 08:45 AM
Man, she'll only be a little taken aback from the card, but once you pull out that ring...that kind of surprise might actually make her stomach leap out of her throat. You might have to wait through a minute or two of schock recovery before you get your 'yes'.

I guarantee the audience will be entertained, though.

2011-03-16, 09:00 AM
Expect either disbelief OR copious tears. I had two friends get engaged last month and both girls reacted completely opposite from how their fiances thought they would. XD One ended up going "What's going on? Wait, what?" and basically being shocked and the other (who is not prone to crying) was bawling.


2011-03-16, 09:33 AM
Oh my god, what a great idea!
And what a lovely ring:smallbiggrin:

I hope all goes well :smallsmile:

2011-03-16, 11:39 AM
This is a Kickarse plan. I hope it goes well.

What a story it'll be to tell your grandkids, eh?

Keld Denar
2011-03-16, 12:31 PM
Dewd, I'm totally jealous of your awesome proposal idea. I hope that if I ever decide to settle down (ha! unlikely!), I'll be half as creative as you are! Kudos!

Ranger Mattos
2011-03-16, 08:54 PM
Great job, MartyTheBioGuy! I like your idea for proposal, but if you're both D&D nerds then I would suggest saying "Would you accept this Ring of Marriage +1?" or somesuch. (This may or may not be a joke. You have been warned.)

2011-03-16, 09:28 PM
I love the idea. Bully good MartyTheBioGuy, that sounds like a great proposal that can be remembered later fondly.

2011-03-16, 09:34 PM
Good for you Marty! I'm really happy for you! <big hug>

And the ring looks lovely!


A Rainy Knight
2011-03-16, 09:39 PM
Good luck, Marty! I hope everything turns out perfectly! :smallbiggrin:

Blue Ghost
2011-03-16, 09:39 PM
I'm so happy for you, my friend! Best wishes for your life to come! :smallsmile:

2011-03-16, 10:21 PM
Thanks everyone for the good tidings and congratulations. Though I would like to say that this is the longest week of my life!
Thanks especially to BG and Monkey, you guys have meant so much to me here in the playground.

Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll
2011-03-16, 10:43 PM
I could imagine!

You should get someone to videotape it. It would be amazing.

All you people with your insane engagement ideas! :smallbiggrin:
You make me soooo happy.

2011-03-17, 01:17 AM
Wow! That's a neat and unique plan. Best of luck!

2011-03-17, 01:19 AM
I would be over the moon if that happened to me. You are a very clever, romantic person, and I wish you the best of luck. (Luck? You don't need luck! You're brilliant!)

2011-03-17, 01:55 AM
I feel compelled to give you the advice that my Latin teacher gave us, "...and gentlemen? Always remember, when you do ask that 'special someone' to marry you, genuflect. Always genuflect. If there is broken glass on the floor, genuflect. This is the second question that her friends will ask and anytime it happens to them, it will be brought back up. Always. Genuflect." The conversation rambled on and on, but the moral stayed the same: bend that knee! Other than that, good luck! :smallbiggrin:

Lady Moreta
2011-03-17, 02:49 AM
That's a fantastic plan! I love it :smallbiggrin:

And blurry or not, the ring is beautiful.

Good luck! :smallbiggrin::smallbiggrin:

2011-03-18, 01:58 AM
Aaah! It Happens Today! I Am Typing In All Capitals!

Lady Moreta
2011-03-18, 02:02 AM

Remember to enjoy yourself as well! Smile :smallsmile: and then tell us all about it afterwards :smallbiggrin:

2011-03-18, 07:21 AM
Yup, an update tomorrow would be great. Tonight is for you two :smallsmile:

2011-03-18, 08:09 AM
Well, done sleeping for the night. This evening is the show, and you guy's will get picture and possibly even video later on. I'm so nervous!!!

2011-03-18, 08:26 AM
Well, done sleeping for the night. This evening is the show, and you guy's will get picture and possibly even video later on. I'm so nervous!!!

Hey, don't be. What is the worse that could happen?

She says no? Oh.....

Blue Ghost
2011-03-18, 03:46 PM
*holding breath*
Good luck, Marty! :smallsmile:

2011-03-18, 03:50 PM
Good luck Marty :smallsmile:

2011-03-18, 03:55 PM
Good luck!

Also, that's a really nice ring!

2011-03-18, 04:06 PM
You rock, and that has to be the best way to use an awesome improv game. good luck!

Lord Herman
2011-03-18, 04:11 PM
Good luck! :smallsmile:

Keld Denar
2011-03-18, 05:05 PM
Isn't there some kind of code of ethics against rigging an improv game? I suppose the Rule of Cool supercedes any other sub-laws, in any case.

Another idea you could have, as long as you are rigging improv games...I've seen one game where the players act out a scene, but randomly pull lines out of a hat and say them. If its just the two of you, make sure you go first. Do the lines normally, but only have an odd number of lines in the hat. When you draw your last one out, sleight of hand a slip with "will you marry me?" into the hat. She draws it out and quickly reads it, only to realize that she just proposed to YOU. At that point, all you have to do is accept!

Cause you know...in Soviet Improv, girlfriend propose to YOU!

Hope it went well tonight!

Ranger Mattos
2011-03-18, 05:46 PM
Good luck!

2011-03-18, 10:31 PM
She Said Yes!!!!!

Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll
2011-03-18, 10:32 PM
She Said Yes!!!!!

:smallbiggrin: CONGRATULATIONS! :smallbiggrin:
In case it hadn't hit you yet.
You, my good man, are going to be married.
Just sayin'. :smallamused:

2011-03-18, 10:35 PM
Congratulations. :smallsmile:

Ranger Mattos
2011-03-18, 10:44 PM
Congrajubilations, Marty! :smallsmile:

Dusk Eclipse
2011-03-18, 11:10 PM
Sir, I envy your creativeness, good luck!

Edit: Apparently I am slow this days, meh Congratulations!!!!

2011-03-18, 11:30 PM
She Said Yes!!!!!

Ooh! What was her reaction (other than saying yes)? And congratulations! You. Are. Getting. Married. Has that sunk in?

Lady Moreta
2011-03-19, 03:30 AM
Congratulations! :smallbiggrin: Best news I've had all day.

Details! We want details! How did the plan go off?

Lord Herman
2011-03-19, 03:36 AM
Woohoo! :smallbiggrin:

Congratulations! Can't wait to hear the whole story!

2011-03-19, 07:08 AM
She Said Yes!!!!!

Congratulations, man. :smallsmile:
I wish you a happy future together.

2011-03-19, 08:24 AM

Have fun! I envy you so you lucky man. :smallbiggrin:

2011-03-19, 08:46 AM
She Said Yes!!!!!

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay:smallbiggrin:

2011-03-19, 01:01 PM
Congratulations! May your future be long and filled with random happiness!

2011-03-19, 01:43 PM
Congratulations. Glad it went well.

Blue Ghost
2011-03-19, 02:20 PM
Marty, you rock!

2011-03-19, 03:03 PM
Congratualations! :smallbiggrin::smallbiggrin:
Also, waht did she think of the way you did it?

Tiger Duck
2011-03-19, 03:17 PM
That is pretty sweet, congratulations. :smallsmile:

2011-03-19, 04:21 PM
She Said Yes!!!!!

Congrats! Did it all go as planned? How did she react (besides the above)? The playground wants to know! :smallwink:

2011-03-19, 04:34 PM
Okay, so the full story (video to come when a friend puts it on YouTube).

We honestly had one of our best shows ever, with lots of great scenes and games, and everything worked well on schedule. It was great. So we got to the last scene, and my co-leader called Heather and I to the stage, and got the suggestion for our scene (Pineapple, a fruit of love in Hawaii...). Then, we proceeded to act in one of the worst scenes I'd ever been in. It was random and odd and kinda... well, not all that great. I WAS NERVOUS, OKAY!? Anyway, then I made a super smooth (read: awkward as all get out) segue into the subject of love, pulled my planted catchphrase from my pocket, got down on one knee, and read it off. Then I pulled out the ring, and she was tearing up and said something like, "Are you serious!?!?!" And we hugged there onstage (kept from making out as it was a family-friendly show) for like 5 minutes, and then the stage was flooded with people congratulating us.


http://i907.photobucket.com/albums/ac275/Martythebioguy/Photos/190359_10150432422280462_645065461_17487617_502751 8_n.jpg
Here's me with the phrase and the ring!

http://i907.photobucket.com/albums/ac275/Martythebioguy/Photos/199078_10150432422415462_645065461_17487620_830393 1_n.jpg
After she said yes!

http://i907.photobucket.com/albums/ac275/Martythebioguy/Photos/190357_10150432422760462_645065461_17487629_229256 3_n.jpg
It's so pretty!!! That way it matches her!

2011-03-19, 04:40 PM
<wipes away happy tears> Ahem. You are a pair of cuties. I'm very happy for you, Little Green Brother of mine. <big hug>

<wanders off to find a kleenex>

2011-03-19, 04:43 PM
Congratulations on a unique and creative proposal, and, perhaps more importantly, on the happy ending. The pictures are priceless and, as an Improv Comedy guy myself, I can honestly say I would have loved to have been at that show.

Best of luck to both of you!

2011-03-20, 04:39 AM
Video of the scene is on YouTube! Thanks all for your congratulations and well-wishing! And yes, MoonCat, that has sunk in. I'm already talking wedding planning with her! And theanks for the tackleglomp, BG. :smallbiggrin::smallbiggrin::smallbiggrin:

Here! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEb0ohmgLXs)

2011-03-20, 04:47 AM
Great proposal, or greatest proposal?

Congratulations again, Marty. :smallsmile:

2011-03-20, 05:36 AM
You sir, are made of win.

Mazel Tov to the both of you.

Lord Herman
2011-03-20, 05:42 AM
That was awesome :smallbiggrin:

2011-03-20, 12:52 PM
Video of the scene is on YouTube! Thanks all for your congratulations and well-wishing! And yes, MoonCat, that has sunk in. I'm already talking wedding planning with her! And theanks for the tackleglomp, BG. :smallbiggrin::smallbiggrin::smallbiggrin:

Here! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEb0ohmgLXs)

That is even more adorable! And it was even more sweet!

2011-03-20, 08:39 PM
Hey people, Heather (my fiancée) says hello.

2011-03-20, 08:49 PM
<Andre the Giant imitation> Hi Lady! <waves at Heather>

Blue Ghost
2011-03-20, 09:39 PM
Hiya Heather! :smallsmile:

2011-03-20, 09:40 PM
You got an N-Gage? My condolences. :smalltongue:

Lady Moreta
2011-03-21, 02:31 AM
Awwwwww :smallbiggrin:

My husband and I just watched the video - utterly adorable :smallbiggrin:

Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll
2011-03-21, 03:52 PM
That is amazingly adorable. And hilarious. You guys win everything!

2011-03-24, 07:57 AM
Saw the video and now I'm all misty. Congrats and fabulous that you have it on tape!